KoolSpan U: Weekly Word Wednesday – Back door

We all use shortcuts in our daily lives to cut corners and increase efficiency, whether it be a secret road that shaves five minutes off the commute or keyboard toggling to avoid moving all the way over to that mouse on the end of the desk. But when it comes to the security world, programmers can increase the vulnerability of a program or device when they incorporate shortcuts for the ease of their daily use when it comes to working on programs.

While the back doors that programmers often create as shortcuts for internal data updates and various tasks may originally be installed for efficiency, they unfortunately increase the vulnerability of a program or device to outside threats. Hackers can use these back doors to attack through viruses, worms and other malicious attacks. And although we most often hear of back doors being utilized by hackers, recently it has also been revealed that the National Security Agency utilizes back doors to access multiple U.S. company programs and data.

To combat these back door attacks and entrants, it helps to have several layers of security on devices so that one back door ideally leads to another closed door. To find out more about how you can protect your mobile device, check out our line of mobile security products now.